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Zebra Plant

Aphelandra squarrosa

Plant Type
Annual
Mature Size
1-6 ft tall, 1-5 ft wide
Sun exposure
Indirect light, partial shade
Soil Type
Moist
Soil PH
Neutral, acidic
Bloom Time
Summer, fall
Flower Color
Yellow
Hardiness Zones
11-12 (USDA)
Native Area
Brazil
Toxicity
Not toxic
Zebra Plant

Introduction

Plant Care

Zebra plants are a popular houseplant with bold white and green stripes on their leaves. They do well in bright, indirect sunlight and thrive in a warm climate. If you're looking for an exotic houseplant that won't require too much care and maintenance, then the zebra plant is a perfect choice!

Light

Zebra plants need plenty of bright, indirect light to thrive. Place them in an area where they will receive partial shade during the day but without direct sun. You can also hang them near a window or in a conservatory if possible. Avoid placing zebra plants in dark areas as this can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown from lack of light.

Soil

When it comes to soil, zebra plants prefer loose, well-draining potting soil mixes with some added organic material like peat moss or perlite. Make sure to water the soil before planting and avoid using fertilizers until after the plant is established. It's important to check the pH of your soil as well because zebra plants prefer slightly acidic soils between 5.5-6.5 pH levels.

Water

Watering your zebra plant correctly is essential to ensure its health and longevity. During the growing season (spring through early autumn), water regularly but not too often—about once every two weeks should be enough depending on the climate and conditions in your home—as over-watering can lead to root rot or other diseases that can harm your plant's health. During winter months when growth has slowed down, reduce watering even further as this will prevent any potential damage from excessive moisture levels on cold days.

Temperature & Humidity

Zebra plants like temperatures between 70–90°F or 21–32°C and relatively high humidity levels between 50–60 percent should suffice for most indoor conditions where these houseplants are placed indoors for most of their life cycle; however, keep an eye out for signs of stress such as wilting leaves or yellowing foliage if you live in an especially dry environment as this could mean that your plant needs more humidity than usual.

Fertilizer

Fertilizing your zebra plant sporadically throughout its life cycle is beneficial to its overall growth and development; however, since they don't require a lot of nutrients it's important not to over-fertilize them or add too many additional minerals into their diet as this can lead to leaf burn or other issues that could potentially be harmful for your plant's long-term health and wellbeing. A balanced fertilizer applied every two weeks during spring/summer months should provide adequate nourishment without any ill side effects so long as you follow instructions carefully when applying it around your zebra plant’s roots system!

Plant Types

Pruning

Propagating

Potting and Repotting

Common Pests

Common Issues